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Writing is the meat and potatoes of my work.
I’ve written more in the last five years than in all previous years of my life combined. This includes hundreds of blogs posts and articles, five books, and four online courses.
Sometimes writing flows effortlessly and spontaneously, and other times every sentence is work. But regardless of how I’m feeling or whether or not I’m inspired to write — I still write. It has become a daily habit, and it’s a habit that has rewarded me in so many ways.
Through my writing I’ve been able to help and teach others. Writing has allowed me to explore the depths of my own inner self and discover how to clarify and articulate who I am and what I value. It has led me to expand my knowledge base and explore previously untapped areas of interest. It has given me creative fulfillment, enhanced self-esteem and confidence, and a pride in accomplishment. Writing has also allowed me to leave a written legacy for my children and anyone else who might be interested in what I have to say.
You don’t have to be a professional writer to enjoy the benefits of daily writing. There are many great reasons to make writing a regular habit.
- It can help you process stress or frustration by getting it out of your mind and onto paper.
- It helps you order and clarify your thoughts.
- Writing regularly makes you a better writer and a more interesting, knowledgeable person.
- It helps you form ideas, define your perspective, and persuade others.
- It can produce that feeling of “flow” when you lose track of time.
- It helps you develop analytical skills and work through problems.
- It can help you define, outline, and reach your goals and dreams.
Of course, another wonderful benefit of writing is that you can make an income from it. As you become more skilled and confident in your writing, you may decide to start a blog, become a freelance writer, or even write books. Because traditional publishers no longer hold all of the cards, self-publishing is now easy and potentially profitable.
Rather than spending your down time watching TV or surfing the net, grab your computer or pen and a journal and let the words flow.